The Drake Hotel Historical Pictures Chicago Illinois

Drake Hotel 1920’s

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When built in the 1920’s The Drake Hotel was constructed to historically stand apart from the rest. Designed by the architectural firm Marshall and Fox, the Drake Hotel was the first to have color television sets and air conditioning for each room. Some of the hotels notable guests include the late Diana, Princess of Wales, Elizabeth Taylor and Judy Garland. This luxurious hotel provides not only luxury services but also luxury retail with in-house stores such as Van Cleef and Arpels, Chanel and Hildt Galleries.

Actor Peter Ustinov once said “Each step you take in the Drake Hotel is like walking on diamonds”. Following in their father’s hotelier footsteps, Drake brothers Tracy and John set out to create a building that would quote “inspire awe and emulation.” The final cost for the hotel (furnishings included) was $10 million and opened New Years Eve 1920 with a special gala. Four years later, The Drake accommodated the Prince of Wales upon his visit to Chicago. Since then, the hotel has traditionally been the destination of the British Royal Family for all of their visits to the Chicago.

Inspired by the High Renaissance Italian Palaces of Rome and Florence, the Drake Hotel stands 14 stories high made with smooth limestone.

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